Saturday, January 29, 2011

USVI to Soper's Hole, West End, Tortola!

Friday morning we cruised over to the British Virgin Islands in 3’-5’ seas, light easterly winds under sunny skies -- what is not to like? We vacillated between anchoring at St. John’s in Cinnamon Bay or going over to the BVI, before deciding to clear in at Soper’s Hole in West End, Tortola. It was another fun decision....and what boat should we see as we made our way to a mooring in Soper’s Hole? Blue Guitar, Eric Clapton’s former vessel!! We'd heard it was about, and it is a classic, gorgeous boat! It was a small treat, but a fun one for us, as I’ve been a fan of Clapton for as long as I can remember! 

The hailing port is still London, of course!
Soper’s Hole was packed; we were lucky to arrive when we did, since the moorings were quickly filled and many other boats were on anchor. Karen, Kerry and I washed down Equinox while Captain Ron took care of clearance with Customs and Immigration. Timing is everything, as clearance procedures here were definitely more complicated and took quite a bit of time. We three had not only washed and rinsed Equinox, but were wiping her dry by the time Ron returned!

With the formalities accomplished, the original Pusser’s Landing was calling!! We dinghied up and each relaxed with a different rum drink to celebrate landfall in the BVI -- who knew that a drink called "Nelson's Blood" could be so tasty? We enjoyed the day in leisurely fashion, and walked along the waterfront shops before returning to Equinox. A glorious sunset and dinner aboard completed our evening -- too beautiful for words!

The original Pusser's Landing, Tortola, BVI as seen from the dinghy dock
The gorgeous view of Little Thatch Island, BVI as seen from Equinox as we
dined on the aft deck. Living the dream! 

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